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ST5002 - Psychological Factors in Sport: Individuals and Teams (2021/22)
Psychological Factors in Sport: Individuals and Teams
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Total study hours
Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment Preparation / Delivery
Guided independent study
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Essay (2000 words)
Viva exam (15 minute) based on initial written case study analysis (500 words)
Group Presentation (30mins)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
This module elaborates on the key theories in sport psychology, covering a wide range of sport psychology topics and the mental skills used within those topics. The module aims to provide students with an understanding of key psychological theories which underpin sporting performance and participation itself. Students will focus initially on the psychological factors which influence an individual’s sporting behaviour and later develop an understanding of group dynamics in sport.
The module encourages an appreciation of how to work effectively in a team setting and also aims to develop students’ communication and literacy skills to allow them the ability to write a scientific piece of work with confidence. Most mental skills developed in sport psychology are directly transferable therefore students are given qualities necessary to advance in many other areas of life.
Assessment: Essay (001) (30%) + Case Study and Viva (002) (30%) +
Group presentation (003) (40%) Syllabus
Personality LO1, LO2, LO5
Anxiety, Arousal and Stress LO1, LO2, LO5 Coping mechanisms LO1, LO2, LO5 Aggression in sport LO1, LO2, LO5 Confidence LO1, LO2, LO5 Motivation LO1, LO2, LO5 Imagery LO1, LO2, LO5 Exercise and wellbeing LO1, LO2, LO5 Group dynamics LO1, LO3, LO4, LO5 Social facilitation LO1, LO3, LO4, LO5 Teamwork LO1, LO3, LO4, LO5 Leadership LO1, LO3, LO4, LO5 Communication LO1, LO3, LO4, LO5 Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
The basic structure to teaching and learning will involve a theory driven lecture supported by an interactive practical seminar. Lectures will provide the essential theoretical base, whereas seminars offer students the opportunity to discuss this knowledge and its relevance to practice. Reflective practice is a continuous element as an important employability strand and driving force in personal development.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate factual knowledge and conceptual understanding of sport psychology
2. Relate psychological theory to individual sporting performance 3. Relate psychological theory to group processes and performance 4. Work competently as a member of a group 5. Effectively apply the principles of scientific writing Assessment strategy
Assessments have been designed to provide students with a diverse range of tasks that maintain interest and encourage engagement. This breadth also ensures the development of a greater number of key skills pertinent to employability.